GOD IS PROTECTING YOU

MARCH 27

He permitted no man to do them wrong. 1 CHRONICLES 16:21 NKJV

What would you be willing to do to protect your child from harm? Multiply that by infinity and you’ll understand how much God cares for you.

Nebuchadnezzar took the sacred vessels from the temple in Jerusalem and placed them in a pagan temple in Shinar (See Da 1 :1-2 NKJV). After his son Belshazzar became king, one night during a drunken feast, “They brought in the … goblets .. .from the temple of God … and the king … and his concubines

drank from them” (Da 5:3 NIV). Now if they’d mishandled some worthless old cup it might not have mattered, but God had too much invested in these sacred vessels to allow them to be mistreated. That night Nebuchadnezzar and his entire kingdom were destroyed because of this unchanging Bible principle: “He permitted no man to do them wrong; yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes, saying, ‘Do not touch My anointed ones'” (lCh 16:21~22 NK.JV).

As God’s redeemed child you are loved, valued and protected. So stand on that truth. You may have to fight in a foreign land or live and work in a difficult situation. You may have to endure great hardship for your faith. But understand- God’s got too much invested in you to let you be destroyed.

Any time Satan tries that, God will interrupt his party and say, “This vessel is off limits; it took me too long to teach this woman to pray. I’ve devoted too many hours to training this man how to overcome. They’ve learned how to stand amidst trials. They’ve suffered too much for My name’s sake for Me to

let you harm them. Take your hand off them, they’re Mine!” Rejoice, today God is protecting you!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

Lisa, a 16 year old girl, nervously brought her most recent boyfriend home with her to meet her parents. Although Lisa was very fond of him she was nervous about what sort of impression he’d make on her parents. After all, he was full of tattoos and rings all over his body.

 “Mom,” said Lisa nervously, ” I would like you to meet Spike, my boyfriend, Spike this is my Mom.” After a few minutes of small talk and pleasantries, Lisa’s Mom called her over and whispered “Lisa, I don’t like him, he just doesn’t seem very nice!” “Mom please!” retorted Lisa, “if he’s not a nice guy how can you explain the forty hours of community service he does a week?!”



LISTEN TO GOD (2)

MARCH 26

Fear not, for I am with you. ISAIAH 41:10 N KJV

To be successful in anything God calls you to do, you must be sensitive to the Holy Spirit within you and learn to recognize when He speaks to you through the Scriptures.

When the pressure is on and you’re tempted to move too quickly you’ll hear His voice saying: “You shall not go out with haste .. .for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard” (Isa 52:12 NKJV). God’s got you covered-front and back. How good is that? When you’re about to make a wrong turn or a bad decision He will remind you, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps” (PI’ 16:9 NN). When you don’t have the ways and means to get the job done His voice will whisper: “The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail”

(Isa 58:11 NKJV). You have an unfailing supply. When you run out of answers and don’t know what to do He will reassure you: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you” (Ps 32:8 NIV). When the load becomes too heavy to carry you’ll hear His voice saying, “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall” (Ps 55:22 NIV).

Hearing God’s voice may mean you have to sacrifice lesser things and tune out other voices, but you must do it. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is more important than learning to recognize God’s voice when He speaks to you.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

​Bob is a favorite conductor among commuters on the Long Island Railroad. He has great rapport with the regulars, but occasionally runs into a problem rider.

 

One passenger, for instance, seemed irritated at having to hand over his ticket to be punched.

“Where are you going today?” Bob asked, smiling.

“Well, what does the ticket say?” replied the traveler sarcastically.

“Um, it says you’re on the wrong train,” Bob informed him.

“What am I supposed to do now?” asked the flustered passenger.

Returning the punched card, Bob replied calmly, “Ask the ticket.”



LISTEN TO GOD (1)

MARCH 25

Your ears will hear a voice … saying, “This is the way.”

ISAIAH 30:21 NIV

Any time you step out in faith and try something, a voice within you will whisper, “You must be out of your mind. You’re not capable of this. Those little accomplishments you had before were pure luck; you just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Now you’re in over your head.” That voice will

waken you in the middle of the night, sick to your stomach. You can hear it in every boardroom, living room and sidewalk. It’s the voice of fear, and it doesn’t play fair. It pulls the file on your past failures and preys on your deepest insecurities.

But there’s another voice-God’s! It says: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, 1 will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isa 41:10 NKJV). Attuning your ears to God’s voice doesn’t mean your problems are automatically solved or that the other voice just fades away. No, it’s more like having an intimate conversation with a close friend in a noisy, crowded place. There may be other voices around you but you don’t hear them because you’re so focused on what your friend is saying. That’s how it is with God’s voice. Whether He speaks to you through the Scriptures, through a friend, or through your life’s circumstances, He’s always communicating with the heart that seeks Him. His promise to you is, “Your ears will hear a voice … saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.” One word from God, just one, can change your entire outlook. So today, take time to listen to God’s voice.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Some people want the front of the bus, the back of the church, and the center of attention.

 

​Wife: “Did you see that fur coat Mrs. Myers wore to church today?”

Husband: “No, I didn’t.”

Wife: “Did you see that hat Mrs. Brown wore to church?”

Husband: “No, I didn’t.”

Wife: “Well, it doesn’t do you much good to go to church!”



IT-TAKES-ONE- TO-MAKE-ONE

MARCH 24

Each according to its kind.

GENESIS 1:24 NKJV In the book of Genesis (“beginnings”), God shows us how He intends things to work in life: “Let the earth bring forth the living creature … each according to its kind.” Each one of us is a product of our DNA and our environment. Now, fast forward. How many giant killers were in Saul’s army? Not one. When Goliath challenged Israel every soldier quaked with fear. Yet

David, who came to bring food to his brothers, sized up the situation, recalled his experiences with God and went out and killed him. Now, after David became king, how many other giant killers arose in Israel? Lots: “Then Sibbecai. .. killed Sippai, one of the descendants of the giants, and they were subdued. And there was war with the Philistines again, and Elhanan … killed Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Cittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam. Again there was war at Gath, where there was a man of great stature who had twenty- four fingers and toes, six fingers on each hand and six toes on

each foot; and he also was descended from the giants. When he taunted Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea, David’s brother, killed him. These were descended from the giants in Gath [Goliath’s home town]: and they fell by the hand of David and by the hands of his servants” (LCh 20:4-8 NAS). Why do you suppose there were 110 giant killers in Saul’s day? Because Saul himself wasn’t one! But under David’s leadership they multiplied because David was a giant killer. This illustrates the “it-takes-one-to-make-one” principle that starts in Genesis and runs through the Bible.

So the word for you today is-be careful who influences you, and be careful how you influence others.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

An old farmer was inconsolable after his dog goes missing.

He took out an ad in the newspaper, but two weeks later, there’s still no sign of the mutt.

“What did you write in the ad?” his wife asks.

“Here, boy,” he replies.



TWO LESSONS YOU LEARN ONLY IN LIFE’S STORMS

MARCH 23

Why are you so fearful?

MARK 4:40 NKJV

In the Gospel of Mark we read: “He said to them, ‘Let us cross over to the other side’ … And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do You not care that we are

perishing?’ Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, ‘Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?’ And they … said to one another, ‘Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

(Mk 4:35-41 NKJV).

Here are two lessons you learn only in life’s storms: (1) You must trust what God has told you. When Jesus said, “Let us cross over to the other side” there wasn’t a big enough wave to take them under, no matter how threatening. What has God promised you? Standing on that won’t keep you from getting

scared or soaked, but it’ll keep you from sinking. (2) You must remind yourself who’s in the boat with you. If the Lord can calm a storm, He can prevent one. So when He permits you to go through storms it’s to show you that you don’t have a problem He can’t solve; that you may be powerless in the situation

but He’s not; and that through this experience you’ll come to know Him in a way you have never known Him before. So learn these lessons well and come out stronger on the other side.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

At a motivational seminar, three men are asked to come up to the stage. They are all asked, “When you are in your casket and friends and family are mourning upon you, what would you like to hear them say about you?”

The first guy says, “I would like to hear them say that I was the great doctor of my time, and a great family man.”

The second guy says, “I would like to hear that I was a wonderful husband and school teacher who made a huge difference in our children of tomorrow.”

​The last guy replies, “I would like to hear them say…… LOOK!!! HE’S MOVING!!!!!”



Join Us Today at 11:15

If you have a computer, tablet or smartphone you can participate by going to the following link:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/840311599

You can choose to share your camera or not (recommended if you are still in your pajama’s). I would be glad to see you though.

If you want to just listen to the broadcast, you can do that as well by calling 1-669-900-6833 and when asked to enter your ID Number is will be: 840311599#  Don’t forget to enter the “#” key.

It will take a minute or two to get connected, depending on the internet speeds and traffic.  I assume it will be a busy Sunday Morning with thousands of churches meeting online.

If you cannot get through it will be available later at the same addresses.

God Bless You as we work together to keep everyone safe from the virus.

Pastor Don.



Invitation to Sunday, March 22, 2020

You are invited to participate in a “Live Streaming” event of Radiant Life Ministries, Sunday, March 22, 2020 beginning at 11:15 am. 

If you have a computer, tablet or smartphone you can participate by going to the following link:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/840311599

You can choose to share your camera or not (recommended if you are still in your pajama’s). I would be glad to see you though.

If you want to just listen to the broadcast, you can do that as well by calling 1-669-900-6833 and when asked to enter your ID Number is will be: 840311599#  Don’t forget to enter the “#” key.

It will take a minute or two to get connected, depending on the internet speeds and traffic.  I assume it will be a busy Sunday Morning with thousands of churches meeting online.

If you cannot get through it will be available later at the same addresses.

God Bless You as we work together to keep everyone safe from the virus.

Pastor Don.



Video Chat Invitation

The Link for Sunday Morning, March 22, 2020 at 11:15 am is
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/840311599.
When you click on this link, it will automatically download “ZOOM” (takes about a minute) and will open up to my video chat room. This is a “live” video, please note that if you have your video turned on, everyone can see you.
The recording you see below is my invitation to join us on Sunday. God Bless You……… Pastor Don



“WE ARE AT WAR”

Good morning.

I pray that everyone is adjusting to the current situation.

This morning Dr. Jim Dennison wrote, “This is war: We can only defeat coronavirus if we do it together”.

Dr. Dennison is a Pastor, Educator, and Author who thoughtfully “engages the issues of the day from a biblical perspective”. 

His comparison to World War II in which his father served is a reminder of the devastation and danger of war conditions. We are truly in a war, as he states, and it is up to each of us to do our part. During World War II, many went to the front lines to fight. But more stayed home and fought the war by what they could do and what they would sacrifice. If the United States would have had the resources then, that we have now, the war would have ended much easier and quicker. But the United States went to work building weapons and equipment to fight the enemy and although it took time and cost lives, still won the war. WE WILL WIN!  WE HAVE THE VICTORY! Jesus said “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” – Luke 21:28   

In this microwave day, we want all answers to be “instant” and are frustrated at the lack of “tests” and “medical supplies”. Doctors and hospitals are overwhelmed and many are suffering the results of stress and helplessness. We are not used to empty grocery store shelves and many are suffering loss of income or the pressures of home quarantines.  Yet many of the world face this every day without a pandemic to deal with.

Social Distancing is something new to all of us. We are so used to community, especially in church. We often quote Hebrews 10:24  And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25  not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

 Many of us remember the events after September 11, 2001 when the mainland of the United States was attacked for the first time. The results ended in most church buildings filled with people fearful of the future. Today, we are asked to only meet in groups of less than 10 and church buildings are empty.

But keep in mind that the “CHURCH” is not a building or an organization. It is a Living, Breathing, Presence of our Lord Jesus Christ through us.  So if you cannot attend church, remember “YOU ARE THE CHURCH”. Be faithful “stir up love and good works” and “exhorting one another”.  We know THE DAY is approaching. This is just a brief moment. Eternity is ahead. Praise the Lord!

With this in mind. . .  I will be at church Sunday Morning at the usual time of 10:45 am. The church will be open to anyone and everyone who would like to be there. We will have some worship, prayer and a brief message. We also will be broadcasting the message beginning at 11:15 am. I will send another message later today concerning how to connect.

God Bless and Keep You.

Pastor Don




 

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